The Culver City Pride Ride and Rally returned to Culver City on June 26, 2022 for its second year with a full contingent of rainbow balloons, decorated bikes and hundreds of participants. The sunny Sunday filled downtown with music, speeches and celebration.
Local activist and organizer Bubba Fish offered “After yet another devastating assault on our civil rights cast a shadow on Friday, friends, families, and neighbors took to the streets to make one thing clear: We refuse to go back to the dark ages, and we will always pedal forward. . . The popularity of Culver City Pride Ride & Rally is a testament to our community’s desire to create an equitable and inclusive city where all can thrive and live proudly.”
An extensive list of speakers included City Council candidate Freddy Puza, Mayor Dr. Daniel Lee, Nancy Barba of Culver City for More Homes, Former Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells (representing her national board position with the Sierra Club,) School Board candidate Triston Ezidore, CCUSD School Superintendent Quoc Tran, and state representatives Assembly member Isaac Bryan as well as State Senator Sydney Kamlager.
Culver City Council member Yasmine Imani McMorrin, one of the organizers of the event, said “Just to see the expansion from last year to this year – to see our community joining together – in the street and on bikes, is it. As always for me, Pride is a commitment to center the needs of [the] traditionally marginalized.”
More than 300 people participated, as riders and rally-goers, more than doubling the amount of participation from the last ride.
Photo caption – L to R Shannon Theus, Lola Smalwood-Cuevas, Nancy Barba, and Meghan Sahli-Wells.